Distribution of Causes of Death During the First Year of Dialysis.

Among incident dialysis patients, the proportion of deaths caused by sudden death is highest in the first month of dialysis, at 30.1 percent, and declines to its lowest level during the sixth month, at 21.1 percent. Infection, in contrast, accounts for only 6.3 percent of deaths in the first month, but increases to 9.6 percent in the third month, and exceeds 10 percent in the tenth month. In future reports, causes of death will be assessed across seasons and within strata defined by age, dialytic modality, and preexisting comorbid conditions.

DISTRIBUTION OF CAUSES OF DEATH DURING THE FIRST YEAR OF DIALYSIS, ACCORDING TO THE DEATH NOTIFICATION FORM
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